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Program Agenda

All substantive policy sessions, workshops and events will be held at the Benton Convention Center.

Attending substantive committee sessions may qualify for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for state government officials in SLC member states. Substantive committee sessions are identified with a superscript CLE following the session title. Forms and further information will be available on-site at meeting registration.

Saturday, August 1

7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Registration

Benton Convention Center

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Staff Workshop CLE

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Executive Committee Session

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Come participate in a unique opportunity to network with your staff colleagues across all branches of state government.

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Opening Reception at The Millennium Center

Sunday, August 2

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration

Benton Convention Center

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Committee Sessions CLE

Agriculture & Rural Development

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs

An End to Dead Ends: The Benefits of Complementary Postsecondary Pathways

In the United States, traditional universities, community and technical colleges and vocational training frequently are viewed as competing interests. However, evolving postsecondary education models more often view them as complementary partners. Allowing students to pursue multiple educational and training pathways, without encountering dead ends, provides multiple opportunities for crossover. In this changing and competitive economy, opportunities for students to transition from vocational or technical training to applied or traditional degree programs – and vice versa – provide for the pursuit of multiple credentials. The blending of traditional and technical education also allows students the opportunity to “earn while they learn” and gain practical experience. This session examines how structuring complementary postsecondary systems can open multiple pathways for students, increasing the prospects for both academic and career success.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Salute to the Military

noon - 1:30 p.m.

Women in Leadership Forum

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Committee Sessions CLE

Energy & Environment

Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations

Human Services & Public Safety

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills
October 3-7, 2020 | Little Rock, Arkansas

The Governmental Leadership Program of the Southern Office of The Council of State Governments


We invite CALS alumni to reconnect with classmates and those interested in the program to come by and learn more!

The Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills (CALS) is an annual four-day program designed for new and mid-career Southern state officials from all branches to reinforce and refine their skills in communication, conflict resolution, consensus building and critical decision making. Full scholarships are provided to those selected, covering the cost of tuition, travel, lodging and meals.

Visit slcatlanta.org/CALS/ for more information and the online application.

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Family Night at Historic Bethabara Park

Monday, August 3

7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration

Benton Convention Center

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Committee Sessions CLE

Energy & Environment

Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations

Human Services & Public Safety

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session

noon - 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee

Prepared annually by legislative staff in Kentucky, Louisiana and West Virginia, comparative data reports track a multitude of revenue sources, performance measures, program variances and appropriations levels in the SLC member states. They remain invaluable tools for both legislators and legislative staff in crafting effective legislation and implementing policy decisions.

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Committee Sessions CLE

Agriculture & Rural Development

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs

School-Based Health Centers: A Prescription for Improving Academic Success

As primary-care clinics based on elementary and secondary school campuses, school-based health centers (SBHCs) provide students with access to vital preventative and early interventional health resources. In addition to primary care, SBHCs can deliver a variety of services including dental care, behavioral and mental health counseling, and health and nutrition education. Typically underwritten via a combination of federal, state and local grants, Medicaid or private insurance reimbursement, and private funds, SBHCs serve as cost-effective resources for schools and communities. By allowing children in rural or low-income areas access to care, SBHCs can reduce school absences, boost academic success, diminish healthcare costs, and increase student physical and mental health. This session explores how SBHCs improve student outcomes and play an important role in both schools and communities.

Educators Wanted: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Areas of Need

Recognizing the need to address teacher recruitment and retention, a number of SLC member states prioritized raising teacher pay during the past two legislative sessions. Although teacher compensation has increased throughout most of the region, many states still are facing teacher shortages, especially in rural and low-income districts, as well as in certain subject areas. Lawmakers across the country have explored several solutions to address this area of growing concern and attract more qualified educators to the profession.  Some of these measures include loan forgiveness, stipends, mentorship programs and alternative credentialing. This session reviews recently enacted policies which may serve as ideal models in recruiting and retaining educators in high-need areas in SLC states.

Legislative Roundtable

The Legislative Roundtable highlights important education issues taken up in SLC member states during recent legislative sessions. Members from each state brief the Committee on new measures undertaken in their respective states. This provides policymakers with the opportunity to share their experiences with others facing similar challenges and opportunities, exchange ideas, and serves as a foundation for substantive policy discussions.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Program Interval

9:00 - 11:30 p.m.

Host State Reception: Tennessee and the 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 4

7:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Registration

Benton Convention Center

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Closing Plenary & Business Breakfast Session

Executive Committee

Meets upon conclusion of the Closing Plenary

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR) Award Judges Panel

11:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Committee Site Visits

Agriculture & Rural Development

Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs

Energy & Environment

6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Reception & State Dinner

Please note, this event is intended for guests age 18 and over.

Wednesday, August 5

6:00 a.m. - noon

Departures